A nice, clean Southern car......excellent body, very presentable original paint (deep blue), 49,000 validated miles (title lists mileage as 'actual'), excellent drive train, 140-145 psi compression in every cylinder, 75 psi oil pressure, excellent wiring and electrics, checked over brakes, front end, steering, all fluids, has a fairly new stainless steel exhaust, near new premium Dunlop 185/75 radials, , wire wheels, new wood dashboard, modern stereo/CD, new convertible top, good tonneau, seats just done (in Autumn leaf as are panels and carpets), mostly new chrome, starts instantly, runs perfectly, ready to be driven anywhere.
During a careful examination, we found new brake flex lines, new wheel cylinders and adjusters, new wheel bearings, a lot of indications of a properly serviced car. Because, in truth, the bulk of these cars are poorly serviced, abused, and neglected. But not this car (last owner was a trained mechanic)
(and yes, excellent floors and battery boxes, no bad surprises)
And the 1973s were a very good year for MGBs...face level air vents (making it easy to install a/c), glove box (something 1968-1971 MGBs didn't have), twin SUs (for more power), chrome bumpers, improved cooling and electrical systems, all synchromesh transmission, stronger back axle, etc.
These are wonderful cars that offer a true classic 'feel'
combined with contemporary performance. With smooth power up
to 100+ mph, disc brakes, precise steering, very comfortable ride,
rattle free monocoque chassis/body, and very nice styling.
All reasons an MGB, a GOOD MGB, is just about the best
compromise in a small, not very expensive sports car.
The simple pleasures of a vintage MGB race car are experienced on a twisting road course by British motor journalist and racer Dickie Meaden, who is won over by the nuanced handling of the classic sports car, even letting out a whoop as he rips around a corner on three wheels. While claiming to never […]
During this time spent indoors during shelter in place, I have been able to continue work on the MGB GT restoration. The latest project has been tackling the gearbox. For a bit of history: The 3-syncro overdrive-equipped gearbox in this car is the one in it when the car was delivered. The gearbox was rebuilt […]
While many people are feeling frustrated about the number of event cancellations, I’m looking at this change in scheduling another way: I have much more time to work on the MGB GT restoration at The Paddock. My next task for the MG is to reseal the engine. Since I already knew that John Twist, the […]
Editor’s note: The first sports car driven by our East Coast editor, Andy Reid, was an MGB, back when he was just 14 years old. But it wasn’t until 2019 that he actually owned such a car, a 1967 MGB GT. He began to restore the car, hoping to be done in time to drive […]
The Pick of the Day is a proper entry into British sports car madness
But he’s learned a lot more about the car and plans to drive it this fall to Hilton Head
Getting the crud off the drivetrain and peering into the gearbox
The Pick of the Day could be a collector’s daily driver
But there’s good news as well, the discovering of the car’s original paint shade